Photograph By: Lee Whittaker
The List: Aweng Chuol
By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 30, 2018
“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.
20-year-old South Sudanese model Aweng Chuol is globally known for her ethereal beauty. On this edition of The List, she shares the various concepts that envelope her beauty both inside out. From her latest reads to fashion tips, read her full list below.
White luxury shirts from Absence of Paper
I was appointed as muse and director of Absence of Paper, a luxury women’s shirt brand, and having a steady supply of such a foundational article of clothing has been fantastic. I love being able to connect to the brand’s philosophy of re-inventing the classic white shirt for the modern woman.
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Kiana Lede, especially her song “Ex”. I feel like it speaks to my own love life in a way. But that’s me saying too much.
I just finished rereading The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein and it’s still one of my favourites. It always gets me thinking about the state of society today, how it’s changed and how it’s stayed the same. Sometimes it’s a depressing read and sometimes it’s what keeps me going.
As a kid, I had always dreamt of being able to change my hair color whenever I wanted, but I always worried about how it would look. Here I am 20 years on, living, breathing, and enjoying a colored wig as often as I am (professionally) allowed.
Pose is hands down one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Set in 1987 New York City, the TV series follows a diverse group navigating life in and out of the gay ballroom scene. I laughed, I cried, I attempted to vogue, I cried some more. Having seen too many narratives centered exclusively around black, gay, and trans pain, Pose was truly a blessing. It is a show vibrating with life and ultimate hope, something especially necessary today.
Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt shoe
Lately I’ve been trying to figure out if shoes are a girl’s best friend. And when one travels as often as I do, I’ve realized that good shoes are a girls only best friend. Currently, my favourite pair are the Daisy from Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt. They are shoes you can live in.
I love looking to different media to educate and inspire me, especially art. An interesting little gallery I stumbled across recently whilst on a shoot in London was the Gallery of African Art. It was great to see the work of African artists showcased to new audiences within the art world and beyond.
In an industry that has traditionally been so static and rigid in its standards of beauty, I am determined to keep disrupting these structures. My recent work with Dazed beauty has been such an interesting opportunity to do exactly this.
By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 8, 2018